A typical Monday morning starts with a department meeting, with each team-member giving an oral/vocal presentation of the major events in his/her assigned industry sector. Major events include M&A activity, upside or downside surprises on earnings, potential R&D projects, sovereign issues/risks which may impact forecasted returns etc.
As a junior analyst assigned to International Utilities, I, along with a Senior Analyst, would present on specific companies in that sector. Apart from meetings, a typical day includes: updating share price movements of companies on the TTSE (Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange) and writing Research Updates (reports).
At this company, I learned to think holistically by incorporating investment, economic, accounting and risk knowledge into every report. I also gained an appreciation for the specific information needed by portfolio managers for their investment decisions.
The management and my co-workers, although deadline-driven themselves, found the time to ingratiate me into the corporate culture, and assisted in my investment software training.
The hardest part of being an analyst is knowing and appreciating that the job does not end at 5:00pm. As an analyst, keeping up with investment news is mandatory and at the end of the work day, I usually dedicate a couple of hours to Bloomberg TV. The most enjoyable part of being an analyst is that, unlike most other jobs, it never becomes mundane or boring.
exciting job (never mundane), intense training